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An Introduction to Benin

Between the 17th and 19th Centuries, the territory of present-day Benin was ruled by the Kingdom of Dahomey. The region became known as the Slave Coast during the early 17th Century, and was later absorbed into French territory and renamed French Dahomey. See full country profile.

Latest Research News from Africa

Mar 3
Kantar has promoted Deepender Rana to the role of General Manager of its Insights division (formerly Kantar IMRB, TNS and Millward Brown) in the South Asia region. He takes over from Preeti Reddy, who has been named Chairwoman of Kantar South Asia. Mar 3 2021
Mar 2
Charles Foster, CEO of Kantar's Insights division in the Middle East and Africa region, is retiring in April after 35 years in the research industry. He is succeeded by Adeola Tejumola, who has most recently been responsible for Kantar Insights units in West, East and Central Africa. Mar 2 2021


2 current African jobs:

Research Manager or Associate Director, Open Location, GBP 35-50,000 - (posted Sep 11 2020)
Qual Researcher with Fluent Arabic and English - 1-2 month Freelance / Contract, Open Location, GBP 250-300 per day (depending on experience and location) - (posted Aug 5 2020)
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Fast Facts
Map of Benin
CAPITAL: Porto-Novo (official capital) - Cotonou (seat of government)
GOVERNMENT: republic
AREA: 112,622 sq km
POPULATION: 9,325,032 (July 2011 est.)
MAJOR LANGUAGE: Official Language: French
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Voodoo Chile Some one million people in Benin follow the religion of Vodun - or Voodoo - thought to have been created in this area.

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Benin in Profile

Between the 17th and 19th Centuries, the territory of present-day Benin was ruled by the Kingdom of Dahomey. The region became known as the Slave Coast during the early 17th Century, and was later absorbed into French territory and renamed French Dahomey.

Independence came in 1960, bringing with it a democratic govern'ent that lasted for 12 years, followed by a coup, a Marxist-Leninist dictatorship, repression and financial collapse. A new Republic with a multiparty system and multiparty elections was formed in 1991.

Some Business and General Info

GDP: $13.99 billion (2010 est.) - $1,500 per capita (2010 est.)

Religions Christian 42.8% (Catholic 27.1%, Celestial 5%, Methodist 3.2%, other Protestant 2.2%, other 5.3%), Muslim 24.4%, Vodoun 17.3%, other 15.5% (2002 census)

Currency: West African Franc - GBP 1 = XOF 752

Telephone Code: +229

Research Industry

The West Africa Region (Nigeria, Ivory Coast, Senegal, Cameroon, Ghana, Benin, Togo and Mali) had an MR industry turnover of $US 51m in 2010, up 10.8% on 2009.

Overview of Trade and Industry

The economy of Benin is dependent on subsistence agriculture, regional trade, and cotton production with accounts for 40% of GDP and c.80% of official exports. Growth in real output of c.5% per annum in the past seven years mostly reflects rapid population growth. Services continue to contribute the largest part of GDP: Benin's geographical location gives it a role in enabling trade, transportation, transit and tourism activities with its neighbouring states.

$1.254bn worth of cotton, cashew nuts, shea butter, textiles, palm products and seafood were exported from Benin in 2010, heading for the most part to India, China, Niger, Nigeria and Namibia. Imports for the same year had a total value of $1.781bn, coming in from China, the USA, France, Thailand, Malaysia and the Netherlands, with key commodities including food, capital goods and petroleum products.

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